Spent three days at Carmel Valley Ranch for a wedding in September. Could not have asked for more! I visited this hotel for a family reunion about two years ago, but the property has only improved.
Since our last visit, the rooms have all been upgraded. Every room has a scenic balcony with great views (ours overlooked the golf course and the valley). The beds were very comfortable and equipped with a fireplace and a flat screen TV. The bathrooms are enormous and top of the line. I was particularly impressed with the little touches that they got right... delivering the NY Times to your room every morning, a complementary snack basket, decent coffee in the room.
The main lodge has also been updated. A nice restaurant and bar area. A significantly upgraded adult pool and hot tub and adjoining spa. (My wife spent a day in the spa and really enjoyed it). There is also a separate area at the bottom of the hill that has a family pool, basketball court, several tennis courts, and bocce.
The staff is probably the best part of this hotel. Always friendly and helpful from the minute you arrive... sitting you down, discussing how they can help, giving you an overview of the property and activities. The property is huge, but every time I called for a shuttle to take me somewhere they arrived within 5 mins.